How Did Frasier Lose His Heart To Gretchen Wilson?
Fran Drescher was happy when Chuck had finally found the woman he loved. The two had been married for fourteen years and Chuck was committed to making their relationship work. He worked hard to provide for Fran and to make her happy. However, in the last few months, Chuck realized that his wife was losing her love for him. When it was time for Fran to receive her overdue inheritance, Chuck decided that it was finally time to tell Fran how he felt.
Fran was having a bad day. Her brother, Martin, was staying late one night. She confronted him about it, but he said he was just heading out of town for the weekend. This didn’t satisfy Fran since she still wasn’t sure if Martin was telling the truth.
In the eleventh episode, “Petersburg”, Chuck and Fran go on a road trip to Oregon. Before they leave, Chuck tries to convince Fran to stop dating Martin. Chuck’s problem with Martin seems to have softened since he started seeing her again after his first wife died twelve years ago. But when they return to New York, Martin is once again upset that Chuck doesn’t think his marriage is serious enough. The two argue and Chuck gets physical, which prompts Fran to leave.
As the relationship between Fran and Chuck sours, Martin confesses his love to her in front of Chuck. Chuck, who has realized that he should move on with his life, doesn’t believe him and tells Martin that he’s still in love with Fran. As a result, the two fight in the parking lot. Chuck injures Martin. In the end, Chuck and Fran reconcile and become even closer.
In the final episodes of Fran and Chuck’s relationship, Chuck realizes that he has moved on with her, and he ends up falling in love with her. Afterward, he proposes to her. She accepts and they get married. However, in an episode entitled “My Old Lady”, Chuck decides to propose to her again, this time in Las Vegas.
When Chuck and Fran go to Las Vegas to propose to one another, Chuck has to pretend to be ill in order to win her. After he tricks Fran into thinking he’s hurt her by revealing his hurt feelings, she backs off. He tries to convince her that he loves her, but she backs off yet again. Chuck decides to try again, but he winds up having an affair with another woman. Chuck finally gets the courage to confess his love to Fran and ask her to marry him. She does, and he officially becomes their husband.
Now, it is understandable that after all those years of being together, the two had become so friendly that the audience and characters would have thought that the show was moving on. However, Fran was still deeply in love with Chuck until the very end. When he asked her to marry him, it just didn’t seem to make sense to her that he knew she was falling in love with him. Even after he proposed to her on their third wedding anniversary, it seemed as if Chuck’s love for her was stronger than ever.
So what does this all mean? I don’t think it means that Chuck is over and done with hearts just because he finally got honest with her. Instead, it might mean that he realized how much love he still had for her and how much she meant to him. The same logic could possibly apply to Ben, too. The show ended with Ben realizes that he has a long way to go to be happy with himself, so maybe he needs to slow down with regards to his heart.